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Re: [teacherartexchange] some questions :)


From: Maggie White (mwhiteaz_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Apr 27 2006 - 11:26:42 PDT

Hi, Lisa,

You should not be donating your money as well as your time. This has
been a topic of discussion many times. Many people have gotten
donations from various stores, printers, local school warehouses. Send
a wish list home to the parents asking for donations. They can take
advantage of back-to-school sales. Have you asked the admin about
getting some funds with which to buy supplies? What about the PTA?
Could you ask the K teachers to order you some things with their
budgets? Have you looked into the school's warehouse to see what you
can get from it? Suck up to the warehouse manager big time, because she
or he might be your savior.

That said, we all spend enormous amounts of our own money to buy
supplies for our classrooms. We also collect all sorts of goofy
materials to reuse in our classrooms (toilet paper tubes, corks, foam
meat trays, paper sacks, wallpaper sample books, magazines, you name
it). Check out the Incredible Art Department as a starting place for lessons
on a budget.

Good luck,


Lisa Robins wrote:

>Hi everyone,
>I am new to the group.
>I am going to be volunteering in the local public schools kindergarten
>There are no paid art teachers in our local public school.
>One day a month there is an all school art project run by parents but not
>for the kindergartners.
>Starting next September I will be volunteering to teach art in the
>kindergarten classroom twice a week and will work with 6-7 kids at a time
>for a period of 30 minutes each.
>Here are my questions:
>Any additional suggestions would be welcome.
>I will be buying the supplies myself- any ideas on where to buy good
>paper/paint etc. for inexpensive prices?
>Any ideas on any places that offer art supply donations to public school
>volunteer art efforts?
>Any ideas on what I should teach to the kindergartners? Any project ideas
>would be most welcome! :)
>I have heard of some reproductions of famous artwork that you could buy or
>perhaps rent as inspiration for the kids and as an introduction to art
>appreciation. Do any of you know what I am referring to and if so where do
>you get them and can you rent them? I saw them being used on the East coast
>in their Art Goes to School series but do not know the name.
>Anyway thanks for any input you may have to offer I really appreciate the
>help. I went to school and was trained as an art teacher but that was 20
>years ago- so any help you can offer would be awesome!
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